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Ash Wood Flooring
Grade: #2 Common
#2 Common Ash flooring is a durable yet inexpensive flooring choice.
Other Grades of Ash Wood Flooring:
#2 Common Ash Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Standard pre-milled #2 Common Ash will have the shortest average lengths in comparison to Select. Most flooring is in 7-foot bundles, or a custom-made long plank can be made. With a long plank, the lengths and widths are made specifically to each project’s specifications. The longest lengths can be from 10 to 14 feet, and the widths can be from 2¼″ up to 6 or 7 inches. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. #2 Common is usually found unfinished. Prefinished solid or engineered with a veneer top layer is sometimes also available.
#2 Common grade American Ash flooring is readily available. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
#2 Common Ash flooring has a light yellow to dark tan appearance. The presence of large knots, dark heartwood, mineral streaks, and worm holes can be found in this grade. Ash is not sensitive to sunlight and will not darken considerably with an oil-based finish. Also, water-based finishes can be applied to slow any color change.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
#2 Common Ash is durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well. Ash is relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of #2 Common Ash Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #2 Common Ash flooring works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers work well. Installation is quicker with higher-grade flooring because the lengths of the boards are typically longer. The installer should take notice of and cull out any vertical splits, which can cause splinters and tear sandpaper during finishing. Ash holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It is relatively easy to sand with flooring equipment, but professional sanding and finishing is recommended. Ash accepts stain quite well, which can alter the appearance of the floor drastically if desired.
Principal Uses of #2 Common American Ash Flooring:
Because of its lower price than Oak, #2 Common Ash flooring is used in low-, medium-, and high-end residential applications for a cost-effective but elegant floor. Rustic Ash is very popular in camps and in log homes.